25mm Figures for The "French Adventure" In Mexico
First produced by
Richard Houston years ago as part of his unique line of Colonial Era miniatures, this is the most comprehensive line of figures
for the war brought on by Napoleon III's efforts to carve another French Empire out of the New World, and further weaken
the United States during its Civil War.
Besides French and both Mexican Republican
and Imperial troops, the line provides for the several European expeditionary forces which participated with the French to
place the Emperor Maximilian on the "Throne of Mexico." Belgian, Austrian, even Sudanese fought in the tropical climate,
alongside elements of the French Foreign Legion in famous actions all over Mexico.
Led by their duly elected President,
Benito Juarez, the Mexican resistance began as a traditional military campaign, starting with the signal victory of the
First Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862, which threw the French back upon Vera Cruz. Wounded pride, and a new resolve to reduce
Mexico to a puppet state, energized Napoleon to send a larger force, and in the next year, the Republican field armies were
broken and Mexico City occupied. Even as Maximilian took the throne, the Mexican people initiated what became an increasingly
bitter guerilla war with skirmishes, ambushes, and atrocities all over the map.
With the conclusion of the American Civil
War, a previously cautious US Government immediately dispatched four Corps from the Army of the Potomac to the Rio Grande
under the command of Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan. Ready to cross the Rio Grande on President Johnson's orders, the
North Americans turned over invaluable artillery, uniforms, and supplies of all kinds, plus those brought in by "filibusters"
from the sea, and the Republican Army, reinvigorated and well equipped, began the final drive to throw the invaders out.
Seeing the writing on the wall, Napoleon
withdrew his military support from Maximilian, and left him with his own ill prepared (if brilliantly uniformed) Imperial
Forces to continue the losing fight.
And after the last bugles blew at Queretaro, the Austrian Emperor of Mexico stood before a firing squad,
the military reputation of France was in tatters, and only a few years later Napoleon himself retired in disgrace
as France suffered one of it's greatest defeats
on its own soil.
Throughout the French Intervention in
Mexico, battles were fought, deeds were done, and personalities clashed which if they were not history, would read like
And now, at the best prices on the
market, the miniatures you need to experience some of the action--and even melodrama--of that war are available again.
All figures are sold in Packs of 20 Infantry and 12 Cavalry, each type
complete with Command Figures (Officer, Color Bearer) where available. (Please note that the specific Officer shown might
not be the one included in the bag). Gun Crews will come in bags of 9 (2 four-figure crews and a Battery Officer to form
a two-gun Section). No cannon were specifically made for this line as--not surprisingly--both sides used "Napoleon" 12-pdr
Gun/Howitzers, at least by the end of the war. Early war Mexican Republican Artillery would have been a mixed bag of
Napoleonic British Army type 9- and 12-pdrs (single trail carriages), and seriously antiquated Gribeauval pieces from
earlier wars. Models of such pieces are readily available in 25mm scale from many manufacturers of Napoleonic, American
Civil War figures, and Crimean War lines.
Sculptor Chris Ferree is ready to add more figures to this line if any
interest is shown, so let's hear from you!
Note: The photos of painted figures below are generously
provided by confirmed Victorian Era war gamer, Mike Frang. Some figures are shown (unpainted) front and back. More examples
of his many other war game interests, battles, and collections, may be seen at